Stories from the history and science of cosmetics, skin-care and early Beauty Culture.


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Lina Cavalieri

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The opera singer and movie star, Lina Cavalieri, regarded by many contemporaries as the most beautiful woman in the world, opened a beauty salon in Paris in 1926.

Helena Rubinstein (1930-1945)

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In 1931, Rubinstein regained control of the American company she had sold to Lehman Brothers in 1928.

Rubinstein Day of Beauty

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In 1936, Helena Rubinstein opened a new salon in a seven-storey building at 715 Fifth Avenue, New York where clients could come for a complete day of beauty.

Rubinstein and the Rejuvenationists

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The rejuvenation therapies of Steinach and Voronoff convinced Rubinstein to develop skin-care cosmetics containing sex hormones.

Helena Rubinstein (1915-1930)

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After escaping the war in Europe, Helena Rubinstein opened her first salon in the United States in 1915.

Carbonic Gas Sprays

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In the 1930s, a number of French beauty salons began introducing carbonated water sprays into their facial treatments.

Helena Rubinstein

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In 1902, Helena Rubinstein went from working as a waitress to operating her own beauty salon, a remarkable transformation.

Clay Masks

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Clay masks have gone in and out of favour over the years following an initial craze in the 1920s.

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New Booklets

Helena Rubinstein: Beauty for You. Every Woman’s ABC of Skin Care, Hair Care and Make-up (c.1952)

Added: 14th January 2018

Helena Rubinstein: How to Solve Your Beauty Problems (1954)

Added: 14th January 2018

Story Updates

Lipsticks

Updated: 15th January 2017

Hormone Creams, Oils and Serums

Updated: 15th January 2017

Artificial (False) Eyelashes

Updated: 11th January 2018

Cosmetics Timeline

Updated: 9th January 2018

Company Timeline

Updated: 9th January 2018

Helena Rubinstein

Updated: 27th December 2017

Helena Rubinstein (1915-1930)

Updated: 24th December 2017

‘The Women’ 1939

Updated: 20th November 2017

Helena Rubinstein [Major]

Updated: 24th October 2017

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